How James Cameron Wrote Three Avatar Sequels at Once

Learn How James Cameron Wrote the Three Avatar Sequels at once

James Cameron is always trying to push the limits of filmmaking. With a liquid metal Terminator, Titanic, and Avatar, Cameron has never taken the easy road to making a movie. It is expected for this continue in the new Avatar sequels. James Cameron has been working on the sequel to Avatar for several years now. With Avatar 2 set to be released in December 2015, James Cameron is planning on shooting all three films at the same time. But, his biggest problem is writing. Sometimes the hardest part to writing a sequel for a box office hit is to provide something people even better than the first. But, when you are James Cameron the world has higher standards. So, prior to filming James Cameron wanted to look back to his experiences while writing the TV series, "Dark Angel" featuring a younger Jessica Alba. James Cameron Featureflash / Here's what Cameron had to say:
We set ourselves a challenge of writing three films at the same time. And I could certainly write any one of them but to write three in some reasonable amount of time – we wanted to shoot them together so we couldn’t start one until all three scripts were done and approved. But what we did that was unique was we sat in the writing room for five months, eight hours a day, and we worked out every beat of the story across all three films so it all connects as one, sort of, three film saga.
He hopes to reinvent the screenwriting process and provide people with a detailed world. By, writing all three movies he hopes that the writers will keep up with his ideas.
I don’t know if that necessarily yields great scripts but it certainly worked for us as a process to get our minds around this kind of epic with all these new creatures, environments and characters and all that.
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